Principal of The Royal Ballet
Zenaida Yanowsky joined The Royal Ballet in 1994 and was promoted to Principal in 2001. Signature roles include Sylvia, Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Marguerite, Manon, Natalia Petrovna (A Month in the Country), Myrtha (Giselle), Raymonda (Raymonda Act III) and principal roles in 'Rubies' (Jewels), Apollo and In the Night. She has created roles for choreographers including Will Tuckett, Kim Brandstrup and Alexei Ratmansky, and created the role of the Queen of Hearts in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Yanowsky was born in Lyon, France. Both of her parents were dancers with Lyon Opera Ballet, and as a small child she often accompanied them on tour. The family settled in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and she trained at the dance school set up by her parents. After winning a silver medal at Varna in 1991, she joined Paris Opera Ballet. Further awards included gold medals at the 1993 European Young Dancers Competition and the 1994 Jackson International Ballet Competition.
Two of Yanowsky's siblings are also dancers: her older brother Yury is a principal with Boston Ballet and younger sister Nadia a soloist with Dutch National Ballet. Yanowsky is married to British baritone Simon Keenlyside, whom she met at the Royal Opera House.
The Winter's Tale
Cast as Paulina
The world premiere of a new full-length ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation.
DGV: Danse à grande vitesse
Cast as Principal
Christopher Wheeldon channels the hurtling momentum of Michael Nyman’s music in choreography of thrilling propulsion.